BURNLEY entertained high flying Trafford, and endured their customary slow start, conceding two well-worked tries very early on.
The makeshift side, who have endured a horrific list of injuries, fought back well as great scrum ball allowed centre Billy Ingham to crash over in a well-worked move.
Then in the best move of the match, the ball went from one end of the pitch to the other with Ingham again getting the vital touchdown.
Steve Kent added the kick.
The locals relaxed and the visitors extended their lead at half-time to 19-12.
Burnleys scrum began to drive Trafford back, and Nathan Welsh at number eight was able to make a lot of yards and feed Adam Spencer at scrum half.
The locals were playing some of their best rugby of the season, but inexplicably kept falling foul of the referee.
This was to prove the difference as the excellent Trafford kicker slotted four penalties from Burnley infringements, as they ran out 31-12 winners.
Burnley seconds had a great 12-8 win at Blackpool, Jason Bell and Sam Hamer getting the tries. Skipper Gus Ferguson added a kick.
The seconds and thirds are at home to Preston and Garstang tomorrow (2-15 p.m.).
The Under 12s lost their first match in an excellent game to an older Colne team. Burnley’s scorers were Edward and Jake Withnall.